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C25K


Thursday, April 25, 2013

The first time I met with my personal trainer I told him "I don't run."

Apparently the healthy living community is a very infectious group. Between reading about Sparkers who love to run and watching people at the gym eating up miles on the treadmills, this niggling desire began to grow.

Enter C25K. I loaded a week one podcast on my mp3 player. I met with my trainer yesterday and we discussed the program in general, speed, frequency, etc. And today I started!

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Disclaimer: I look nothing like that. I'm wiggly and jiggly and lumbering. I need a sports bra for my butt. My thighs slap together, and the fat on my inner knees bounces merrily along. Luckily my Moving Comfort bra keeps everything up top strapped down, or I may have injured someone.

Details for posterity...incline 1.0. Warm up at 3.3 mph. "Running" interval at 4.5 mph, recovery at 3.0.

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I made it through 3 intervals! While part of me finds that disappointing, for the most part I consider it a victory. I ran for 3 minutes today. Sure it was a slow run, and it wasn't all at once, but it's more than I've run since childhood. emoticon

It may take me a month to complete "Week One", but provided my knees don't rebel I'm gonna get there. I've caught the bug.

I blame all you crazy people! emoticon emoticon
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SUE5007 4/25/2013 6:14PM

    You are hilarious. Glad you have a MC bra, I have one too and won't run without it.

Your speed is good too! When I started jogging for several minutes at a time I had to lower my speed to 4.2 to be able to keep the endurance. It was like baby steps which was not inspiring but it did get me through. And I was able to increase my speed rather quickly. Every two weeks I was easily going .2 mph faster. I eventually built up to 5.2-5.4

Don't worry about following the program exactly. There will be days the run is hard and you need to go slower. Don't worry about it. Lots of times after having 1 or 2 hard runs where my body just felt heavy and stiff and didn't want to be there...I would suddenly have a great run and beat a personal best time.

In running, the only person you are running against is yourself. :) Keep it up!

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AKATHLEEN54 4/25/2013 1:25PM

    Good for you!! Anyone who really wants to do it CAN!! Great that you are working with a trainer as well so you can do it correctly and you won't get injured. I have so been wanting to do this. I take my dogs for walks everyday and sometimes I jog along. I think I could do it, but the dog can be a distraction and sometimes my knees are screaming at me: "why are you doing this to me?" Yet I know exactly what you are saying about not being a runner but there is this nagging voice in the back of my head that keeps saying comon... go faster, you can do this.... you know you want to. So, good luck to you. Sometimes it amazes me what things our bodies can do that we never thought they could! Wiggly, jiggly will lead to lean and mean!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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